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RSS unhappy with BJP leadership

The top echelons in the RSS are unhappy over the brazen power-struggle in the BJP. All this at a time when BJP needed some serious effort to recover lost ground following the drubbing in the recent parliamentary elections and regain public confidence. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2009 19:21 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The top echelons in the RSS are unhappy over the brazen power-struggle in the BJP. All this at a time when BJP needed some serious effort to recover lost ground following the drubbing in the recent parliamentary elections and regain public confidence.

A few, who preferred anonymity, felt that it was not a wise decision for LK Advani to keep the post of leader of the Opposition after resigning from the post. “He could have set an example for others within the organisation by not succumbing into the pressure of sycophants to withdraw the resignation,” they pointed out.

Moreover, why the party failed to discuss and debate on the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. “If they would have discussed it in details in the party forum, they could have boosted the morale and confident of rank and file,” points out Sudhir Pathak, chief editor of Tarun Bharat, the RSS mouthpiece.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Dilip Deodhar, an RSS expert and a contemporary of Mohan Bhagwat, the sangh supremo, claimed that Advani had made a promise before the sangh parivar three years ago that either he would become the prime minister after the 2009 elections or retire from the active politics.

The sangh wanted that Sushma Swaraj should take the rein of the organisation in Lok Sabha as a stopgap arrangement. Instead, she preferred to become the deputy of Advani. It seems that Advani prevailed in the party and he even succeeded to elect Arun Jaitley, his own man, as the party leader in Rajya Sabha.

“The RSS is not happy with this development,” Deodhar further claimed.

Senior RSS leaders here also expressed their dissatisfaction over the on-going mess in the saffron party and felt that the present leadership miserably failed to bring back discipline in the party ranks. This could well mean that party president Rajnath Singh may be shown the exit door after assembly elections to a few states later this year.

The RSS is seriously considering Rajnath’s replacement with Murli Manohar Joshi or Bal Apte, Sangh darlings. Though the RSS is very keen on Apte, it is also apprehensive about his grip in the party as still he is a very low profile politician. This may be put Joshi at an advantage to the BJP top post. Barring Joshi, the deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, is another choice for the top post.

According to available information, the Sangh Parivar took a serious note on the public utterances of Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and few others. Both Sinha and Singh have no RSS background and all non-RSS cadres, who joined the BJP, have brought in their own culture that worships power, a senior RSS leader felt.

According to the RSS ideologue, MG Vaidya, the BJP was being led astray from its core values by the party’s neo-ideologues, who once strongly believed in a different ideology.

He felt that the BJP is no more a cadre-based party with leaders committed to the organization’s goals rather than their own personal ambitions. When leaders compete with each other for power, the situation that BJP finds itself today is inevitable. He said that this tendency is now affecting the party at the state level too.

This has led the saffron organisation for seriously thinking about the change of leadership who can guide the party on RSS ethos and restore the discipline among the rank and file.